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Blyth Spartans & The FA Cup Third Round

It’s the Third Round of the FA Cup this weekend and, while the lowest-ranked team left in the competition has a home draw against Championship opposition, they won’t be appearing live on the television...

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2014: Football’s Annus Excrementilis

200% is a powerful website. On December 10th, Mark Murphy asked Peter Pannu to “please **** off from Birmingham City. On December 12th…he…pissed off from Birmingham City. Co-incidence? Or will the following rant have...

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Peter Pannu – Please Piss Off

Peter Pannu has his own niche in the moral quagmire into which the higher levels of modern English club football has sunk. In his five years at St Andrews, Pannu has been overpaid and...

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Ched Evans & A Hole Too Big To Be Dug Out From

For Sheffield United Football Club, the timing couldn’t have been much worse. This weekend is a weekend of international football and, since nature abhors a vacuum, there have been plenty of column inches to...

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A Little Love For The FA Cup

We live in an age during which, if I may be permitted to mangle the words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus for a moment, change is the only constant. Professional football is changing, both...

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The Battle To Save Top Field

It is probably little more than a mere fact of life that, for a football club plying its trade six divisions below the bright lights and hyperbole of the Premier League, national headlines are...

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Radiolab & Association Football

Over the last decade or so, there has been an absolute explosion in the amount of writing and talking about association football, to such an extent that it’s possible to believe that the “market”...

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Can The FA Cup Relight My Fire?

It’s ten past two on a Saturday afternoon, and I’m walking across a field towards a turnstile. There’s one thing, though. This isn’t a metal gate at which I’m greeted by an old man...

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Home At Last For Coventry City

Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day. After more than a year of exile thirty-five miles from home in Northampton, Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena in...

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Fifty Years Of Match Of The Day

Gary Lineker will probably be wearing a party hat for it, but there isn’t a great deal else for the BBC’s venerable Saturday evening football programme to celebrate as it reaches its fiftieth birthday....